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benedict xvi surprised the world by becoming the first pontiff in more than 700 years to abdicate as head of the catholic church. nbc joins us live from rome. we know that the pope's doctor had advised him against taking any more transatlantic trips. but is there any specific illness or condition that may have led the pope to make this announcement just apart from his age? >> reporter: well, martin, there was a lot of speculation, of course, about what was really behind this decision, and a spokesperson this morning during a press conference he called after he said he didn't even know about his abdication, he just called this press conference and said, look, the pope is not ill or he doesn't have any particular illness and there's nothing behind his decision apart from what he said, which is he's really too tired to carry on with the duties as a pontiff and as an 85-year-old man, any 85-year-old man will find it harsh to go through a schedule like the one the pope has to go through during his pontiff cat. if you think about the number of trips he's taking, the neck one was going to be bra
formally vacant and we'll bring you the latest on pope benedict's dramatic farewell and the election of his successor. also close to vatican city, john kerry meet with the syrian opposition in rome pledging $60 million in basic assistance, the first american aid to the syrian opposition. >>> and at long last, the house today passed the senate's expanded version of the violence against women act ending 18 months of standoff. every democrat voted for it. 138 republicans somehow had a problem with it. we'll have more on that just ahead. >>> but we begin with the president and congressional leaders set to huddle at the white house tomorrow. the very day that automatic defense and domestic cuts will kick in and still without any solution to the so-called sequester. both democrats and republicans in the senate staged votes to replace the cuts to no avail. but there was plenty of time for republicans to preview their talking points presumably in preparation to toss them at the president tomorrow. >> and how much more money do we want to steal from the american people to fund more government? i'm f
that the administration offered. look, the tea party is saying he's benedict arnold and he sold out. a lot of people are saying it's because his approval ratings are so low and they are abysmally low, 33%, but you know what? he made as good a case for obama care as obama has ever made. he said that, yes, he's all about job creation there in florida, but the real measure of a civilization is how it takes care of the weakest and the poorest, and he said this was a good deal for florida and, as you noted, he can't in good conscience say no to it. >> that's true, dana, but since the announcement, the anger on governor scott's twitter feed is white hot. let me read you some. one woman says, hear me, governor rick scott, next rally in naples i will walk with biggest poster against your re-election. betrayed floridians. another person tweets, reality check, governor rick scott's hospitals will benefit from millions getting insurance. scott has not suddenly become a human being. then there's still more, quote, governor rick scott of florida supports medication expansion. the tea party is officially dead. ha
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